Are you ready to trek the 1 hour adventure going to Pagsanjan Falls via Cavinti, Laguna – Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove? Be prepared as this involves trekking, rappelling, climbing steep metal ladders, boating and braving the water-storm of Pagsanjan Falls.
At the entrance of Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove a big tarpaulin will greet every visitor. You will never miss this sign while cruising the main highway going to Cavinti, Laguna.
Our adventure began as soon as we entered that gigantic sign. We hope you have fun as we did……Near the entrance of Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove is the Tourist Center where the tourist guide and coordinators are staying. After the briefing , I got even more excited and just cannot wait to get started. We paid P270 registration fee and we were set to go. The trek to Pagsanjan Falls via Cavinti, Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove, is best for thrill seekers and as a plus, it is really so cheap, it is within anybody’s budget. There are also several falls which can only be seen through El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove. The trail is along one of the mountains of Cavinti which is just above the river leading to the famous Pagsanjan Falls. The initial adventure includes a 15-minute downhill concrete-paved walk. We were also accompanied by our dog tour-guide who is fond and used to accompanying tourists in Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove.
At the end of the 15-minute walk at Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove going to Pagsanjan Falls, we can already hear the hissing sound of the running water. And as we continued our downhill walk, the sound is becoming louder, I got so eager to see what was waiting for us. Then, we reached the first falls of our trek, the “Nakulo falls.” Seeing and hearing the sound of the water makes us even more enthusiastic of what lies before us.
As we walked towards the center of Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove, we saw other equally beautiful and truly striking falls along the way. Since this is my first time in Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove in Cavinti, I thought there is only one falls that awaits us, which is the Pagsanjan Falls. To our surprise the other falls are comparable, if not more beautiful than the Pagsanjan Falls.
As we continued on our trek to Pagsanjan Falls via Cavinti, Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove, our loyal dog tour-guide continued to accompany us at the heart of Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove.
The mist all over and surrounding the area adds beauty and mystifies the place. It was just like being in the movies, I was just waiting for fairies to greet us.
On our way to Pagsanjan Falls via Cavinti, Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove, we passed by countless walk ways with railings until we reached the statute of El Salvador Del Mundo. – whoa!!!
At the statute of El Salvador Del Mundo the stunning view of one of the falls is truly beyond words of description. How can a thing of this magnificence remain hidden. On second thought, thank God this thing of grandeur has been preserved and remains untouched.
It is also in the statute of El Salvador Del Mundo in Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove where our tour guides placed our safety harness. I’m starting to get flutters in my stomach, is it the excitement of what awaits or nervousness of what we are about to do. Our dog tour guide also lined up and waited for his turn for the safety harness, or is he just fond of picture taking, or a loyal servant?
After our safety harness were all set, we then descended the steep metal walk way ladder going to the Pagsanjan Falls.
Our dog tour guide was even more excited than us and without fear he followed us all the way down. However, luckily or unluckily, our dog tour guide cannot accompany us all the way down as we have to pass by a 90 degrees vertical railings which can only be done through rappelling or through the vertical ladder steps. So for those thrill seekers and if you would like an adrenaline rush this will surely give you one. Just looking below, you know this is one experience that you will never tire of proudly relaying to your friends and we were just in the middle of the trip.
Since we were in the middle of a mountain in Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove in Cavinti we have no choice other than to brave the vertical metal ladder enclosed by safety railings all the way to the bottom. If you do not want to climb the stairs all the way down, you can rappel down.
After rappelling, another steep metal stairs at the Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove lead us to the foot of Pagsanjan Falls.
Then, another vertical metal ladder enclosed by safety railings. Again, you can always use the rappel going down.
After rappelling, we again continued our trek. We never felt tired nor notice all the walking since we were awed by the beauty of several other falls along our way to Pagsanjan Falls. Here are some:
Aside from the falls, we were also entertained by a family of monkeys and other species in the area which were as curious as we were.
Just when you are about to ask, “are we there yet?…” You will reach another station for rappelling…
If your fond of rappelling activity this is definitely for you.
The final descent of the steep ladder before the Pagsanjan Falls.
And finally, we were greeted by the colorful canoes and towering rock at the riverbanks.
EUREKA!!! Voila, the grandeur of Pagsanjan Falls right before our very eyes.
But wait – who would have thought that there is more that awaits us. We learned that the most exciting part is not the view of the Pagsanjan Falls but getting wet and experiencing the water-storm inside the cave behind this Pagsanjan Falls. Just behind the falls, there is a cave that you can enter. Don’t hesitate because the experience within is truly unparalleled. You would never experience it anywhere else. The exhilarating rush of water, its thunderous sound, and feeling one with the nature makes the experience remarkable.
Pagsanjan Falls is not at its best when we had our visit due to previous strong rains which makes the water look brownish. According to our tour guide, during the summer the water in the Pagsanjan Falls is as blue as the picture in their tarpaulin at the entrance of Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove in Cavinti. Nonetheless, it is also not a secret that Pagsanjan Falls is the most visited and the most famous falls in the Philippines. As for me, never miss the other falls before the Pagsanjan falls which can only be seen through trekking via Cavinti at Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove.
This is probably one of the BEST ADVENTURES I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED – Pagsanjan Falls via Cavinti at Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove. The entrance fee of P270 is even super cheap considering the investment that the municipality has poured in and the cost of safety equipments that they have provided; not to mention the tour guides and other persons who assisted and accompanied us all through out the adventure going to Pagsanjan Falls via Cavinti at Pueblo El Salvador Nature’s Park and Picnic Grove).
Of course, special mention and thanks to “Bantay” our dog tour guide who patiently accompanied and waited for us until our return. Surely you have noticed him at almost every turn of our trek. Kudos!!!